Harvey County 4-H member Toby Spreier recently won the Kansas Association of Conservation District's conservation photo contest with his photo of a butterfly emerging from a chrysalis. In order to compete at the state level, Spreier first had to win the county contest.

The Harvey County Conservation District held the inaugural HCCD conservation photo contest during the Harvey County Fair this past summer. The theme for the local contest was “conservation practices.”

Conservation practices within the county in which the photographer resides could include a variety of subjects: contour buffer strips, cover crop, critical area planting, diversion, field borders, grade stabilization structures (dam/embankment), grass waterways, livestock management, pasture planting, stream bank and shoreline stabilization, terrace, tree planting, upland wildlife habitat, well abandonment, wetland restoration, wildlife food plot, windbreaks, etc.

Guidelines of the contest state that photos must be taken Oct. 1 of the previous year through Sept. 30 of the current year. Each county conservation district can submit one photo in the state contest. According to Marsha Meyer, HCCD district manager, the conservation district plans to expand the contest in 2020.

“We don’t have all the details yet," Meyer said, "but we are hoping to include an amateur adult division."

Spreier’s photo now goes on to the National Association of Conservation Districts Contest to compete for the NACD top prize. His photo is entered in the youth division, "Close up Conservation." NACD photo contest winners will be announced in February.

“We are very happy for Toby,” HCCD President Dwayne Roux said. “This being our first year, it has been really exciting seeing our local winner also win the state contest. We wish him good luck at the national contest.”